Micro-credentials recognize short-duration, competency-based learning opportunities, that align with labour market or community needs and can be assessed and recognized for employment or further learning opportunities.
Benefits of Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials provide opportunities for individuals to quickly reskill or upskill and access high-demand employment. Key to micro-credential development is partnership and collaboration with employers and industry, to ensure the competencies learners gain are relevant and recognized for employment. As they are often offered at a shorter length, lower cost and with flexible delivery options, micro-credentials can increase access to post-secondary education for a range of learners who may not be able to or do not wish to enrol in longer post-secondary programs.
Micro-credentials are an additional option for learners at any stage of their education and career journey to gain competencies that meet educational and employment goals. They are intended to complement current offerings and pathways at British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions and support increased access to post-secondary education and life-long learning.
A Micro-credential Framework for B.C. was developed to support a coordinated and consistent approach to micro-credentials across the public post-secondary system and to help ensure clarity and transparency for learners and employers.
The Framework was released in September 2021. Ongoing work will take place to further inform the Framework and micro-credentials in British Columbia.
Development & Delivery of Micro-credentials
In fall 2020, the Ministry supported the development of 23 micro-credential pilot offerings at 14 public post-secondary institutions.
Budget 2021 provided funding to support additional micro-credential development at public post-secondary institutions. Information on the micro-credentials being developed under this funding is expected to be available during Spring 2022.